Sachin (The Story of The World's Greatest Batsman)

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Item Code: NAG392
Author: Gulu Ezekiel
Publisher: Penguin Books India Pvt. Ltd.
Language: English
Edition: 2012
ISBN: 9780143417583
Pages: 446 (32 B/W Illustrations)
Cover: Paperback
Other Details 8.0 inch X 5.0 inch
Weight 350 gm
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About The Book

At seventeen, Sachin Tendulkar became the second youngest man to make a hundred in international cricket; ever since, there has been no looking back. Today, Sachin is widely regarded as the world’s finest batsman, with over 33,000 international runs-the highest aggregate by far for any cricketer-to his credit.

In this biography of India’s greatest sportsperson ever, Gulu Ezekiel pens a compelling account of Sachin the man and his passion for cricket. He tracks Sachin from his childhood. When he first caught the bug of cricket, and follows him on his meteoric rise to international stardom. With unfailing attention to detail, he reconstructs the crucial matched and events that have marked Sachin’s career and reveals the magic of the cricketer whom Wisden Cricket Monthly once dubbed ‘bigger than Jesus’

About The Author

Gulu Ezekiel started his career in sports journalism with the Indian Express in Madras in 1982 before moving to New Delhi in 1991. He has been sports editor at the Asian Age, New Delhi TV and and has contributed to over 100 publications in India and around the world. He launched his own features and syndication company, GE Features in August 2001. Ezekiel is the author of several books including Sourav: A Biography; The Penguin Book of Cricket Lists; The A-Z of Sachin Telldulkar and Captain Cool: The MS Dhoni Story.


'Sachin Tendulkar is a god in India and people believe luck shines in his hand,' Australia's opening batsman Matthew Hayden told the Sydney Sun-Herald in April 2001, shortly after returning from a tour oflndia. 'It is beyond chaos-it is a frantic appeal by a nation to one man.'

The question was then put to Tendulkar by an Indian journalist: Are you God?
'I don't think anyone can become God or even come close to it,' was the response.
Quite right.
But in a country of a billion plus (with many millions more in the Indian diaspora) where the 'unity in diversity' mantra of the state machinery has begun to ring hollow, Tendulkar has emerged as perhaps the nation's sole unifying force. Columnist C.P. Surendran had this to say about what the batting maestro means to Indians everywhere: Every time he walks to the wicket, 'a whole nation, tatters and all, marches with him to the battle arena. A pauper people pleading for relief, remission from the lifelong anxiety of being Indian ... Seeking a moment's liberation from their India-bondage through the exhilarating grace of one accidental bat.' (An Anthropologist Among the Marxists and Other Essays by Ramachandra Guha) Time magazine chose Tendulkar as one of their Asian heroes' and put him on the cover of their Asian edition (29 April 2002) for the second time in three years. Inside, 'The Bat out of Heaven' shared space with human rights activists, freedom fighters and other luminaries.

At 26 Tendulkar was the youngest to be featured by India Today in their '100 People Who Shaped India' special issue in 1999 (Millennium Series Vol. I).

In a poll conducted by the Week magazine at the height of the match-fixing scandal in 2000, both TenduIkar and Sourav Ganguly were in the list of ten most admired Indians.

The honours have come thick and fast in an international career that began in 1989. Remarkably for a batsman, in those 20 years, there has only been the rare bad patch from which he has also promptly bounced back. It is this consistency that made Steve Waugh say in awe: 'You take Sir Donald [Bradman] away and he is next up I reckon.'

Just as Sunil Gavaskar reserved his best for the mighty West Indies in the 70s and 80s when they were the best team in the world, so Tendulkar has had some of his greatest moments against world champions Australia. So. Waugh certainly knows what he is talking about.

The greatest Indian alive' is the tag Bishan Singh Bedi attached to Tendulkar. He clarified Ius remark when I spoke to him for this book in October 2001. 'I said that in 1998 after his two centuries in Sharj ah against Australia that won us the title. I had said then that he should share the title with Lata Mangeshkar. I was struck by the amount of entertainment he provided for the average Indian, thrashing the Australian bowlers to all parts. It was the only thing the common Indian had to cheer about-plus Lata-ji's incredible voice. Sachin for me is God's gift to Indian cricket.'

One of Tendulkar's many admirers was the greatest of them all, Sir Don Bradman. In April 2002 in the West Indies, the Holy Grail of batting, Bradman's mark of 29 centuries was equaled by his heir apparent. Then in December 2008 he went past the world record of his mentor Sunil Gavaskar with his 35th century.

In 1996, during a television interview Gavaskar threatened to 'personally throttle' Sachin ifhis prediction of 40 Test centuries and 15,000 runs for his fellow-Mumbaikar did not come true. By the time this book went to press, his figures stood at 42 Test centuries and 12,773 runs.That of course is apart from 45 hundreds in OD Is and 17,178 runs!

Since its international debut in 1932, Indian cricket has been blessed with at least one towering figure for each decade. The 30s belonged to C.K.Nayudu, India's first Test captain; the 40s were the Vijay Merchant decade; the 50s saw the domination of all-rounder Vinoo Mankad; in the 60s it was 'Tiger' Pataudi who gave a new dimension to Indian cricket with his astute captaincy; the 70s belonged to Sunil Gavaskar and the 80s to Kapil Dev.

Sachin Tendulkar made his Test debut in 1989 at the age of16. He crossed 1000 runs and scored five Test centuries before the end of his teens. Since then he has dominated not only Indian cricket, but the world game as well. And that domination has now reached two decades.

If this book were a work of fiction, the rise of Sachin Tendulkar from middle-class anonymity to global fame in the span of less than a decade would find few takers. But it is true. And that is what makes it awe-inspiring.

'What are the advantages of being Sachin Tendulkar?' he was asked in an interview (Sportsworld, May 1995).

'I would like to be humble, be polite to everybody and would like to give respect to my elders. I'm not really expecting anything from the people for the little (fame) .. .I have earned...I believe rules are there to be observed irrespective of whoever you are.'
That in essence is the man. This is his story.


Preface to the Revised Editionix
Copyright Acknowledgementsx
Prologue: The God of Indian Cricket1
Bombay Boy4
Schoolboy Prodigy13
World Record24
A Boy Among Men29
Into the Cauldron of Test Cricket42
12 Runs Short of Glory53
Hail the Boy King56
Home, Sweet Home67
On Top Down Under77
World Cup Debut87
Two Little Bits of Cricket History94
Success at Home and Abroad102
The Great Friendship109
The One-day Phenom116
The Brian and Sachin Show126
World Cup 1996-and England Again138
Defeat and Despair155
Musical Chairs181
Desert Storm200
The Don and I207
On Top of the World213
Tragedy and Tears229
Reluctant Messiah238
Double-Then Trouble245
Debacle Down Under250
Stepping Down259
Match-fixing and the CBI268
'The Greatest Series Ever'278
Foot Fault286
Year of Controversies292
Global Brand311
Man and Myth318
Foreign Travails323
The World Cup328
The Burden Eases331
Year of Contrasts334
Sunny Eclipsed337
World Cup Woes347
Drama Down Under and the IPL354
Back on Top365
Such a Long Journey372
Annus Mirabilis377
Finally, the World Cup381
Down in the Dumps385
Waiting to Exhale387
At Last389
Sachin Tendulkar in Figures by Mohandas Menon391
Select Bibliography420
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